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Cesare Fiaschi 4

New information about the life 
of Cesare Fiaschi

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini New interesting and unknown details of Cesare Fiaschi’s biography emerge from the study of…

Francesco Mochi, Equestrian Monument to Alessandro Farnese
Piazza dei Cavalli, Piacenza (1612)

Horses that looked like flame!

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In 1565, a large equestrian feast was held in Lisbon to celebrate the marriage…

Galvao de Andrade, Arte de Cavalaria de gineta e estardaiota, 1678

Dom Duarte’s travel

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini When in 1820, José Xavier Dias da Silva discovered that a large in folio…

A bullfight in front of the Palazzo Farnese,  
Hendrick Van Cleve III, engraving by Philipp Galle, 1557-1612

Equestrian traditions of the Roman Carnival during the Renaissance

di Giovanni Battista Tomassini This is the text of the lecture I gave on Tuesday, February 28, 2017,…

Le splendide tavole de Le guerre festive (Palermo, 1680), 
mostrano il lusso delle armi e delle bardature impiegate nelle giostre che si tenevano in Sicilia tra il  XVI e il XVII secolo

A riding academy in Sicily during the Renaissance: the Congregazione dei Cavalieri d’Armi

di Giovanni Battista Tomassini At dawn on Friday, May 18, 1565, the sentinels of the Knights of Malta…

James Seymour, A Horseman Galloping, uncertain date
© Tate Modern Gallery - Londra

Anglomania (Part 2): Federico Mazzucchelli witness and critic of the “British Fashion”

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In the first part of this article we saw that, in the eighteenth century, a…

James Seymour, Mr Russell sul suo cavallo baio da caccia, c.1740  
© Tate Modern Gallery - Londra

Anglomania (Part 1): The spreading of English style equitation in the Eighteenth century

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini It seems that James Seymour’s passion for horses and horse racing finally led him…

François-Xavier Fabre, Vittorio Alfieri e la Contessa Luisa Stolberg d' Albany, 1796
Palazzo Madama - Torino

Without horses I’m not even the half of myself. The equestrain passion of Vittorio Alfieri. Part 2

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In the first part of this article, we discovered the great passion for horses and…

François-Xavier Fabre,  Portrait of Vittorio Alfieri, 1793, 
Museo degli Uffizi - Firenze

Without horses I’m not even the half of myself. The equestrian passion of Vittorio Alfieri. Part 1

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Given the perverse imagination of those who draw up the syllabus, I do not know…

Filippo Gagliardi e Andrea Sacchi, 
The Saracen Joust in Piazza Navona (1656-1659)
Museo di Roma - Palazzo Braschi

The Saracen Joust in Piazza Navona (part 2)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In the first part of this article we analyzed the rules of the Saracen Joust…

Giovanni Ferri, Saracen joust in Piazza Navona in the 25th of February 1634 (Seventeenth century) 
Museo di Roma - Palazzo Braschi

The Saracen Joust in Piazza Navona (part 1)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini With the typical unscrupulousness of the Popes of the time, in 1628, Urban VIII…

Horse attributed to Francesco Allegrini - 1624-63
© Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York

The cheerfulness of the horse. 
Giovanni de Gamboa, a pupil of Pignatelli

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini “The cheerfulness of the horse is the most beautiful part of him, and the…

Adriano Capuzzo riding Nevischio da Rota in the Criterium of Italian 5 years old horses where they were ranked in second place

Memories of a gentleman: Adriano Capuzzo

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini On the third anniversary of Adriano Capuzzo’s death, the book containing his writings and…

Anonimo italiano, Studio della testa di un cavallo, circa la metà del XVI sec. 
© Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York

Marco de Pavari and the dominion of pleasantness

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini [This is the text of my speech at the Resolution Day, organized by Francesco Vedani…

Filippo Gagliardi  e Filippo Lauri, The Caroussels Joust in the courtyard of Palazzo Barberini in honor of Christina of Sweden, 1656-1659, Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi

The origin of the word “carousel”

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini When the first squad of riders made their entrance into the floodlit courtyard, from the…

The portraits of the most famous riders in Naples between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in the beautiful treatise by the Duke of Pescolanciano, gives us an idea of the horses bred in the Kingdom of Naples.
Opere di Giuseppe d’Alessandro duca di Pescolanciano,
Napoli, Antonio Muzio, 1723

The breeds of the Kingdom. An unpublished manuscript by Federico Grisone (Part 2)

____________________________________ In the first part of this article [to read it just click on the foregoing link], we…

Anonimo fiorentino, Cavallo impennato, XVI sec.
© Metropolitan Museum - New York

The breeds of the Kingdom. An unpublished manuscript by Federico Grisone (Part 1)

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Mariano Téllez-Girón y Beaufort Spontin’s standard of living became a legend. Within a few…

The stars and the horses

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Given the wide diffusion of astrology during the Renaissance, it is not surprising that, at…

Coats, socks, blazes and the theory of humors

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In ancient times and up to the Renaissance and beyond, it was a widespread belief…

Bitless equitation in ancient times

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In recent years, the ability to ride a horse without using a bit, perhaps performing…

Anfora panatenaica
Attribuita al pittore di Eucharides  (ca. 490 a.C.)
© The Metropolitan Museum - New York

The Corinthian bit

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini Unlike what we have said about various civilizations of the Bronze Age, in Greece the…

Morso in bronzo con guardie decorate del Luristan
© Trustees of the British Museum - London

Bronze Age bits

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini As we have seen in the myth of Pegasus and Bellerophon, in antiquity the application…

Quarta tavoletta del testo di Kikkuli

The oldest text dedicated to the care and training of the horse

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini If the oldest image of a domesticated horse can be traced back to the Sumerian…

Grotta di Chauvet (Francia)

The first domestication of the horse

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini The domestication of the horse, for the purpose of using it for chariots and equitation,…

Mazzucchelli's work is considered the first one illustrating the "long reins" technique

An encounter that never occurred. Baucher and Mazzucchelli

by Giovanni Battista Tomassini In 1948, the General Albert Decarpentry published a famous biography of the greatest French horseman…

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